Need For Speed Unbound: Best Starter Car [Top 13]

Learn all about the starter cars in NFS Unbound so that you can pick the best ones.

The Need For Speed games is known for the sheer number of cars that are featured in them. That is why picking a starter car while not knowing all the details can be a frustrating task. We have entailed all the necessary details that make it really easy for you to decide which starter car is the best for you in NFS Unbound.

Key Highlights

  • There are three options for the first starter car in the game.
  • You can pick between eleven cars for the actual starter cars.
  • For the online mode, you have the option to choose between three cars.

Best Prologue Starter Car

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Starter Cars. [Image by eXputer]

The first time that you are prompted to pick a car is in the prologue of the game. This might be surprising for some people, but the options that you are provided with are all junk cars. Meaning that these cars have been destroyed and are in a state of disarray. But there is a reason for that, which we will discuss later. For now, you have to pick your first starter car from the three options that you are presented with.

These three starter cars are, in fact, representative of much more than the car themselves. They stand for the three basic types of cars that are present in the game. Your choice will definitely be influenced by the type of player that you are because these three cars have different strengths and weaknesses. The three types that we mentioned earlier are muscle cars, exotic cars, and tuner cars. 

There is a car choice for each type, and hardcore fans of the series will immediately recognize that these types are a throwback to the older Need For Speed titles. While these cars are some of the best cars at what they do, they are different from each other. Meaning that one of them may be good at one with whereas falling short in categories that the other cars are good at.

Picking the best starter car in NFS Unbound is essential, as this car will come up again. You see, you will only be playing with this car in the prologue. However, this car will also be your prize at the end of the campaign. You will be able to drive your prize around once you finish the story. We will cover each of these choices in detail so that you can make an informed decision about which car to pick.

Dodge Charger

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Dodge Charger. [Captured by eXputer]

The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T is one of the cars available for you to pick at the start of the game. It is a classic muscle car, and many fans of the series will immediately recognize its signature looks. This car excels at drifting and is the best among the three if you want to go with that route. It has unmatched horsepower, which allows it to drift with immaculate precision. 

Due to having the highest horsepower among the starter cars, it falls short in the top speed category. This is due to the gearbox only having 4 gears instead of the 5 or 6 gears that are common for race cars. Although, that might not be a problem for those who are fans of muscle cars. It is understood that muscle cars feel heavy to drive, but that risk is paid off thanks to the handling that these cars provide. 

This car is exceptional on tracks that are curvy and uneven since you can drift your way through them. But keep in mind that it falls behind the other two options on a straight track where acceleration and top speed play a huge factor. Here are the stats of the car in detail so that you can look at them and decide on your starter car after comparing them:

  • Horsepower: 667 BHP.
  • Top Speed: 179 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds.

Lamborghini Countach

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Lamborghiini Countach.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 1988 Lamborghini Countach is perhaps the most balanced car out of the three while being an exotic car. It is the fastest accelerating car of the bunch as well, beating out the other two options. It is for players who want a car that does well at everything. One could say that it is the jack of all trades. 

While it doesn’t have as much horsepower as the Dodge Charger, it has more horsepower than the Nissan Silvia. Similarly, it has more top speed than the Charger but falls behind on speed when compared to the Silvia. But, without a doubt, it is the best at accelerating among the three. For straightforward tracks without many turns, the Countach is the best option, as it can accelerate faster than the other two, at a rate of 0-60 MPH in just 4 seconds. 

This does get beaten out by the Nissan Silvia when it comes to raw speed, but keep in mind that the Lamborghini Countach has better handling on the streets. This means that, while it is not as good as the Dodge Charger or the Nissan Silvia at off-roading, it is the best on the streets. This gives it the edge over the Nissan Silvia over most tracks, as the majority of the tracks that you will drive on will be normal roads, and Lamborghini Countach performs the best under those circumstances.

We have entailed all the stats of the Lamborghini Countach so that you can compare it with the other options and make your pick.

  • Horsepower: 492 BHP.
  • Top Speed: 193 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPH in 4.0 seconds.

The Lamborghini Countach is the most balanced car of the bunch. If you care about flashy appearances, then this is the best starter car for you in NFS Unbound.

Nissan Silvia

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Nissan Silvia. [Image by eXputer]

The 1998 Nissan Silvia K’s is the resident speedster of the starter cars and is the classic tuner car type. It is by far the best when it comes to top speed, beating out the other two options. For players who care about pure speed and cool aesthetics, this is the car they should go with.

The Nissan Silvia does fall behind on horsepower compared to the other two options and has the lowest horsepower among the three starter cars. But this is made up for by the sheer speed this car can provide. On the tracks and even off the road, this car shines exceptionally. Thanks to the type of car it is, it can handle off-roading pretty well, especially compared to the Lamborghini Countach, which has very poor off-roading capabilities. 

The Nissan Silvia is also the worst car when we talk about acceleration. While a difference of 0.2 seconds may not seem a lot on paper, it makes a huge difference on the track, where every moment counts. Despite all this, it is a good choice for those who want to be able to off-road and drift when needs are while being the fastest car on the block. 

We have entailed all the specs of the car so that you can view them and compare them to the other cars. You can form an informed decision after looking at all the options.

  • Horsepower: 394 BHP.
  • Top Speed: 195 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPH in 4.3 seconds.

The Best Option

While there is no definite answer to this question, as it all depends on your preferences, we will try to recommend the best starter car. Each of these cars can be the best for you, but we think that the Lamborghini Countach is the best pick. 

Thanks to its balanced nature, it performs well under a lot of circumstances. Compared to the fastest car, the Silvia, it is only slower by 2 MPH, which doesn’t make a huge difference. It has respectable horsepower and is also the best at accelerating, which can get you out of a pinch in a lot of situations. 

The Lamborghini Countach is also the most expensive car out of the three, making it worth much more in the end. With that being said, the final choice is all up to you.

Best Real Starter Car

Now that we have covered the first starter car that you will pick in the prologue, we can get to the real starter car in the game. Once you complete the prologue of the game, you will be met with the option to pick your actual starter car. This will be the car that you spend the most time with during your playthrough. Compared to the prologue, you have a lot more options here.

With eleven cars to pick from, it can get daunting to choose. That is why we have listed the top 5 best starter cars in NFS Unbound. Each of these cars has varying price points and stats. We will cover these cars in detail so that you can understand which car best suits your needs.

Honda Civic 2000

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Honda Civic.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 2000 Honda Civic Type-R is perhaps one of the best options that you can pick for your starter car. It has a front-wheel drive, so it is not as adept at drifting, but it excels at all the other options. This car is also a trademark of the Need For Speed series, as it has appeared many times throughout the games. 

It costs $34,500 and is a good bang for your buck if you pick this car. Besides drifting and takeover events, the Honda Civic is a beast of a car that you should pick if you are unsure of which route to go. Here are the stats of this car:

  • Horsepower: 182 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  160 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 146 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds.

Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999

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Mitsubishi Eclipse.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX is another all-rounder option, just like the Honda Civic 2009. It features all-wheel drive so it is a bit better at handling than the Honda Civic 2009. But in terms of pure stats, this car is unmatched. It is also the fastest car on the list and also has a pretty decent horsepower to boot. 

It costs $ 35,000 and is the most expensive car on our list, but keeping in mind the price-to-performance ratio, it is the best option that money can buy at the start of the game. The only problem that we can say the car has is that it is too expensive. Other than that, it is what we recommend you pick as your starter car. Here are all the stats of the Mitsubishi Eclipse 1999:

  • Horsepower: 210 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  290 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 150 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.8 seconds.

Subaru BRZ 2014

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Subaru BRZ. [Image credits: eXputer]

The 2014 Subaru BRZ Premium is the cheapest option on our list, but it is not a bad car by any means. If you want to save money early on in the game, we suggest that you pick this car as it is relatively cheaper than the other options while also being a great car. 

Drifting is very easy on the Subaru BRZ as it has a lot of grips. The car is priced at $33,250, and it is overall a very economical choice. We have listed its stats that you can check out:

  • Horsepower: 197 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  205 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 143 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 6.4 seconds.

Mazda MX-5 1996

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Mazda MX-5.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 1996 Mazda MX-5 is a similar car to the Subaru BRZ Premium. It is not that expensive compared to some of the other options on the list. It provides similar utility as the BRZ while having a smaller form factor. While it may lack some power upfront, a few upgrades will make it ready for any kind of race. 

The car is priced at $33,800 at the start of the game. While it has the lowest horsepower of the cars that we have listed, it can make up for it in other departments. It is also pretty good at drifting and can carry you throughout most of the game. Here are the stats of the MX-5:

  • Horsepower: 128 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  152 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 114 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 8.5 seconds.

Ford Crown Victoria 2008

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Ford Crown Victoria.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria is perhaps the weakest option from the ones we have listed so far, but nonetheless, it is better than the other available cars that we haven’t covered. Barely nudging its way into our top 5 list is the Crown Victoria, but that is nothing to scoff at. 

This car costs $34,600 in the game. It is on the expensive side of things. It has the most horsepower out of the cars that we have listed while also having a respectable top speed. Here are the stats of the car so that you can decide if it is the right pick for you or not. 

  • Horsepower: 224 BHP.
  • Max Torque:  369 Nm.
  • Top Speed: 135 MPH.
  • Acceleration: 0-60 MPHs in 9.2 seconds.

Keep in mind that you will get a legendary version of this car in the game if you progress the story up to a certain point.

Best Online Starter Car

The online mode in NFS Unbound is slightly different than usual. This mode features its own cars, meaning that the cars you have from the other modes will not transfer over. This means that you will have to pick a different starter car for the online mode, along with picking one for the story mode. 

Just like in the prologue of the game, the online mode gives you three options to choose from. These choices are a bit unorthodox, as we will explain in a moment. Worry not; you will be able to keep these cars after picking them up. The choices that you have are:

  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec.
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport.
  • Mercedes-AMG G 63.

All of these cars have the same rating in the game. We will cover these in more detail so that you may pick the best online starter car in NFS Unbound. 

Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec.

Nissan Skyline GT-R. [Image credits: eXputer]

The 1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec is the most balanced option of these three. It has good handling that lends well to multiple terrain types and has a pretty decent stat spread. Here are the stats of the car:

  • Top Speed: 152 MPH.
  • Accelerations: 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is the second option on the list. It is the speedster of the bunch and boasts the highest top speed. Although it has a pretty bad 0-60 time. Here are the stats of the car:

  • Top Speed: 156 MPH.
  • Accelerations: 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG G 63

Mercedes- AMG G 63.  [Captured by eXputer]

The 2017 Mercedes AMG G 63 is the wildcard on this list. Unlike the other starter cars, it is an SUV. This car has more of an emphasis on off-roading as compared to racing on the tracks. It has the slowest top speed of the bunch while having the fastest acceleration. Here are the stats of the car:

  • Top Speed: 149 MPH.
  • Accelerations: 0-60 MPH in 5.4 seconds.

The Best Option

These cars are vastly different from each other. We would personally recommend that you go with the 1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R since it is the most balanced of the three. But in case you are more interested in completing your garage, you should go with the Mercedes AMG G 63 as it is the most expensive car out of all of these.


Need For Speed Unbound is the latest installment in the beloved NFS franchise. Fans of the series have been enjoying the game so far. There are a lot of cars to pick from, and players want to make sure that they make the best choice. That is why we have entailed all there is to know about the best starter cars in NFS Unbound. You can now confidently pick the best starter cars that suit you and your style in the game. 

While you are here, be sure to check out our guide on How To Get BMW M3 GTR. If you are interested in all the cars, then be sure to check out All Cars [Complete List]. In case you are new to the game, then check out our 11 Best Need For Speed Unbound Tips & Tricks. If you want to learn how the money glitch works, then check out our guide on Money Glitch [Unlimited Cash].

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